WIPs 'N Chains

Kim Guzman, Crochet and Knit Design


How Do You Like To Learn?

Learn Tunisian Crochet from Books

I’ve noticed a lot of emails and posts about people wanting to learn Tunisian crochet in the new year. How would you like to learn? No matter how you’d like to learn, I’ve got you covered.

If you like a more traditional style of learning from books, I’ve got four great books that can take you from the beginner level through the more intermediate level.

The Ultimate Beginner’s Guide to Tunisian Crochet takes you through all the common stitches and then you progress to higher levels with projects sorted in order of learning. You can learn all those little extras like how to seam, how to change colors and more.

Learn to Do Tunisian Lace Stitches first takes you through all the basic stitches then combines them to make lace stitch patterns. Practice the stitches with some beautiful lace projects. And, it comes with a DVD which you can pop into your computer or DVD player so that you get one-on-one video lessons on all the stitches and complete videos of the lace stitch patterns.

Tunisian Cables to Crochet is a step-by-step guide on learning to make beautiful cables that look like hand-knit and can be made in 1/3 the time of hand-knit projects. Although I knit as well, when it comes to gift-giving crunch time, I would rather pick a Tunisian cabled project over a hand-knit project.

Lastly, a stitch dictionary. Tunisian Crochet Stitch Guide is a new, one-of-a-kind stitch dictionary which includes many never-before-seen stitch patterns. Just flipping through the book, you will see its uniqueness in the pineapple stitch patterns you can create with Tunisian crochet, something that I’ve read cannot be done. I apparently have a problem with being told I can’t do something! ha! This book is scheduled for release in March, but is available for pre-order now.

Read more about all of these books on my Amazon author page here.

Learn Tunisian Crochet from Online Video Classes

Now, if you like to learn from classes, but you’re unable to attend one of my live classes, how about a video class? I have two fabulous online classes at Annie’s. And, with online classes, you can watch the videos over and over, as many times as you would like. And, there are wonderful patterns to go with them!

Hard to believe that you can get this fabulous hat from a beginner class, right? But, it’s true! Read more about my online Annie’s classes here. I have two classes at Annie’s. One is a beginner level with 4 great projects. The second expands upon that knowledge with cables and lace. Here is the lovely cabled project. I enjoyed this project so much that I couldn’t make a firm decision with what project I wanted to do. So, I’ve included instructions for making a scarf, shawl, baby blanket, wrap AND and throw.

With so many Tunisian crochet patterns now available, now is the perfect time to learn. If you’re still unsure about Tunisian crochet, browse my Pinterest page here with some Tunisian crochet eye candy. And, if you need some research on the hooks, have a look at my Hooks page here. Enjoy!

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Why So Much Tunisian Crochet Lately?

I’ve been designing in Tunisian crochet since I first learned my first foundation row in 1998 or so. And, I’ve written about a dozen books on Tunisian crochet in that time. I’ve had two books published this year and, in just a couple of months, I’ll have two more. So, why this amazing resurgence of Tunisian crochet? It’s been around for over a century, but only now are we seeing a tremendous number of patterns. Check out my Pinterest page for the recent patterns I’ve seen on the internet.

When I first started creating projects in Tunisian crochet, I was very limited. There weren’t sufficient tools available. We don’t get patterns if the designers don’t have sufficient tools available to design and write patterns. No one will publish patterns if the customers can’t buy the hooks.

But, now? Now, we have so many choices. There are manufacturers of hooks. There are individuals making custom hooks. There are even several manufacturers making interchangeable hooks. There are Denise hooks, Dreamz hooks, Tulip hooks. There are hooks in abundance, everywhere I look on the internet. There are bamboo hooks, there are dyed hooks, there are metal hooks, there are acrylic hooks.

We can’t have patterns without proper tools for a craft. But, now that we have those hooks available, there is really no telling where this craft will go and I love seeing its entire evolution process as it transitions from the stiff, dense blankets of the past to the lovely garments and accessories of the present.

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